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Sport, Fitness and Personal Training (Extended) Diploma Level 3

  • Course Type: Diploma/Certificate

What can this course lead to?

The BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport, Fitness and Personal Training has a primary focus on progression to employment as a Personal Trainer. This allows learners to work independently as a personal trainer and gives them the skills and expertise needed to work with clients at different levels of fitness and across a wide age range. It is also suitable for those who want a career in the leisure and service industry, such as in a leisure centre. The qualification attracts UCAS points and is recognised by higher-education providers as meeting entry requirements to many degree level programmes.

Who is it for?

The BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport, Fitness and Personal Training is equivalent in size to two A levels. It is a two year, full time programme for those who want to work in the health and fitness industry including as a gym instructor and personal trainer.

The qualification provides the knowledge and develops skills required for professional accreditation with CIMSPA (Chartered Institute of Management for Sport and Physical Activity) as a Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer.This course is delivered in partnership with Rhinos Gym Stamford who provide some of the gym space used during practical sessions. The course also utilises the gym at Borderville Sports Centre.

What is covered?

Year 1:

 - Careers in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry

- Health, Well Being and Sport

- Fitness Skills Development

 Year 2:

 - Self-Employment in Sport and Physical Activity

- Nutrition for Physical Performance

- Business and Technology in Personal Training

- Personal Trainer Skill Development

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

4 GCSEs grade 4 and above including English GCSE.


English is essential for the written part of the course.  There are a number of reports such as client feedback forms which need to be written and therefore English is essential. Those who do not achieve English can start on the L2 Sport programme, and progress to L3 the following year.


Start date: 02/09/2024

Course Code



2 Years

Full-time courses are fully funded for 16 to 18-year-olds. For age 19+, various funding options are available.

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